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Faerie Wunderpuss: Christmas

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 15 2008
Artist: Faerie Wunderpuss
Title: Christmas
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Faerie Wunderpuss is the name of the band and it consists of a trio of great music enthusiasts. Mr. Guisef Volium, Jonathan P. Stitch and Genivre Vine all hailing from the Chicagoland area. This is by far the most original X.mas compilation I have received to review. Very unique spooky artwork on the cover of the ep with little bits of surreal real wood glued on the cover of the CD to frame the demented Gothic Santa Claus that tell the tale. We open with Track one, " Christmas is Coming" which is a beautiful ethereal symphony of the spooky side of the holiday that comes out and haunts you and holds on for dear life. This is the naughty of the nice. High soprano voice that sings to the high heavens and reaches us like no other. We move on to Track two, "Christmastime Puppetshow" which is a cool track that became a personal favourite instantly to me. " Genivre sings, " I'm on love with your pretty ways, your angel hair that's flying in your face." A tale of holiday spirit with a twist, folky and topped with bells and joy. We progress to Track three, " Christmas Ghosts." which is a fun track that reminds me of that grand fellow Voltaire with a little twist of Current 93 and a little of The Damned. A spaghetti X-mas western if you will. One of the most unique tracks I have yet to lie eyes on and ears upon. We hear, " Christmas ghosts in the sky, kiss me goodnight." A very creepy dialogue that gets under your skin and leaves it's mark. Next is Track four, " Christmas Afternoon", which is a cool flowing track that seems to glide across the rooftops like Santa does. Low bass, creepy voices from this Gothic trio singing their own demented Christmas Gothic Carol to us. Brilliant, dark and leaving a trail in the snow for all to see. Last is Track five " Christmas Love ' which is a whimsical appropriate track that ties this album up with a bow for all to open and rejoice it's the brilliance it's radiates for all to see. ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo

SECOND SKIN: Illa exuro in silentium

 Posted by Mariano Equizzi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 12 2008
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Artist: SECOND SKIN (@)
Title: Illa exuro in silentium
Format: CD
Label: Palace of Worms records
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
I was reading a scrbd pdf about the dark side of Walt Disney, something so bad that is better not to write down, this work from SECOND SKIN given to me the same incredible sense of wonder and dark, the same pleasure to discover the Hell inside BAMBI. They play with Hollywood darkside, with ballads-punk-wave-dark so great and well played that is not possible to say "I dont like it". This work is F.... GREAT, I love it. The guitar, Lynchesque with some New Order influence is pure "black velvet", the voice and the choir around is spine chilling. I have to say that Second Skin makes my day opening a whole world of great media icons like: Greta Garbo, Dalì, Brothers Marx and the ghosts of Old Hollywood...; believe me when I say that this band is showing and researching for us an area really interesting of death beautiful myths of our dying world. Best track...I cannot say bullshit, all the tracks are hypnotic, pure controlled madness inside the perfect dome of wave-death-rock. Thank you Second Skin.

DUNKELSHON: Nemeton

 Posted by Mariano Equizzi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 12 2008
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Artist: DUNKELSHON
Title: Nemeton
Format: CD
Label: Curzweyhl/Rough trade
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
It's great how "grey area" is able to bring together many kind of music. Here's we have something that WOLFRAM von Eschebach could really love. Dunkelshoen is a band, or a fellowship to be more precise, that plays celtic music with great passion and results. The use of lyrics from Carmina Burana and also German folksong and Swedish too make out this project something precious, not only music indeed but even a cultural project probing the roots of our Europe. The art to record ancient/traditional instruments, played following ancient rules, and a voice so crystal-clear is not a cup of tea for a sound engineer, another time Dunkelshon made a great work offering us a soundscape really accurate not simply traditional and well focused. Their aim is to create a dimension of knowledge about the Celts world and vibes and they achieved it passionately in this work. My favorite track: SATOR AREPO, but the reason has remain a secret related to my love for French Bretagne ... I gotta mention the very look good show they make, see the photo gallery of their website to give a look to perfect atmosphere they done to their live acts : http://www.dunkelschoen-musik.de/Englisch/Framepage%20Wald%20engl/Waldframe%20engl/Framepage%20Wald%20engl.htm

BIONIC ANGEL: Digital Violence

 Posted by Mariano Equizzi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 12 2008
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Artist: BIONIC ANGEL
Title: Digital Violence
Format: CD
Label: Schawarzdorn production (@)
Distributor: Twilight
Rated: *****
A project from Germany that wanna be very clear and straight, there is not misconception in their art and their love for goth elements is not disturbing or provocative. I appreciate this kind of approach especially when to many people/band scream loud in the same way. Bionic Angel's music also is well defined and above all well recorded, the synth ( so 80ies so lovely ;) ) aren't destroyed by other instruments and the melodic patterns move very well. I gotta say that is hard to find a track not well managed or hard to hear. For sure I will appreciate more BA if the next work will try to experiment more in this area they know so well anyway. It is only a question to get deep in the secrets of Electro Goth without the fear to be misunderstood. Anyway this "Digital Violence" is pleasurable well done and easy to listen and that's not a mistake but in my opinion a very good feature of this work. My favorite track: TRANSIT TO HELL but BITCH LIKE YOU has a very strong and well carved voice/intention.

HUMAN GREED: Black Hill: Midnight At The Blighted Star

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Dec 11 2008
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Artist: HUMAN GREED (@)
Title: Black Hill: Midnight At The Blighted Star
Format: CD
Label: Lumberton Trading (@)
Rated: *****
Human Greed born in 1998 as musical outfit of Scottish writer Michael Begg. He was soon joined by Deryk Thomas, the visual artist whose burning bunnies became an iconic reference point for Michael Gira's Swans White Light/Love of Life period. BLACK HILL is their third album after 2001 "Consolation" (released for ex-Banshee Steven Severin's RE:Group) and 2006 "Pilgrim: New World Homestead" (released for Begg's label Omnempathy). This new full length contains fifteen tracks that are difficult to file under a specified musical genre because they tend to create an atmosphere rather than looking for a melody (even if here and there some melodies are used). On the booklet you find this note that it could be a good description of the album's atmospheres: "Sometimes, its like the silver coin of the moon is tossed, like alms for the poor, across the cold, midnight sky". Human Greed are creating night music where treated field recordings, vocals (here as guests you find Julia Kent, Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo, Clodagh Simonds and David Tibet) and instruments, make you feel like being living a nightmare while you are sleeping out in the wild. Sounds hit or seduce you without caring if you're enjoining it or not... check if you're ready for it at www.myspace.com/humangreed...


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